A better future for all Australians is possible, but to get there we each need to play our part to respond to the wound in our nation. When we hear statistics about Indigenous disadvantage and listen to people’s stories of pain and injustice, most of us have a natural desire to do something,
to make things right. But many of us don’t know how! There’s actually quite a lot you can do to make a difference. Responding will look different for different people. Consider your response to the lingering injustice in our nation and start playing your part in a better future today.
What can I do?
Most of us think that ‘doing something’ to address Indigenous injustice and disadvantage should look a certain way, like building schools, giving money or even traveling to remote communities. While these things have their place, we invite you to think outside the box...
Visiting a remote Indigenous community might be the right thing for one person, but it’s not realistic for everyone. In fact, it wouldn’t be helpful for everyone to respond that way! Indigenous people make up less than 3% of the Australian population, so close personal relationships with Indigenous Australians just aren‘t possible for every non-Indigenous person.
For everyone, responding is about finding ways to live out togetherness.
This might look like a face-to-face relationship, but it could also be about developing a sense of togetherness. At its most basic, togetherness means recognising our connectedness, understanding other’s reality, validating others‘ concerns and experiences and recognising that our freedoms (or lack thereof ) are interlinked. We believe a sense of connection and togetherness is the first step to addressing the wound in our nation and overcoming the lingering injustices of colonisation.
How do I respond?
The way you respond will depend on things like your interests, location and influence; personally and professionally. Your response will be whatever feels right for you. It may be searching for more knowledge, sharing conversations with family and friends, attending a cultural event or becoming involved in advocacy.